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1. Queen writes letter to Gareth Southgate praising England team’s ‘spirit and pride’

The Queen has written to Gareth Southgate praising his England team for their "spirit, commitment and pride" and sent her "good wishes" in the hope the squad make history when they take on Italy at the Euro 2020 finals.

Recalling how she presented Bobby Moore with the World Cup trophy amid jubilations at Wembley in 1966, she explains how she witnessed firsthand what victory really means for England players. Read the full story.

2. Hospital waiting lists could top 13 million in months, warns Sajid Javid

The number of patients on hospital waiting lists could soar to 13 million over the coming months as a result of Covid-19 and successive lockdowns, the Health Secretary has warned.

In his first interview since being appointed to the role, Sajid Javid told The Telegraph that “shocking” internal modelling showed that the current record number of 5.3 million patients waiting for treatment could more than double over the coming months. Read the full story.

3. Carrying the hopes of a nation: England’s shot at heroic and historic win

During an inevitably rousing rendition of God Save the Queen shortly before 8pm on Sunday, the Red Arrows will perform a fly-past over Wembley Stadium leaving a trail of red, white and blue vapours lingering in the skies.

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team’s patriotic display will signal the start of the most important game of Gareth Southgate’s young players’ careers as they carry the hopes and aspirations of an entire nation. Read the full story.

4. Al fresco dining to become the norm in Britain, Boris Johnson says

Al fresco dining is to become the norm on British high streets, with businesses given an extension to their pavement licences beyond the Covid pandemic, Boris Johnson will announce this week.

The Prime Minister will set out his “levelling up” plan for the UK, which will make it easier for business to operate outdoor dining by allowing them to place chairs and tables out the front of their premises. Read the full story.

5. ‘Nightmare scenario’: Potentially untreatable superbug being passed from dogs to owners

Scientists are warning of a “nightmare scenario” after discovering transmission of a gene known to prompt resistance to a powerful antibiotic used by doctors as a last resort to save lives.

Sharing beds with dogs is just one of the ways they believe the mcr-1 gene is being passed on. Read the full story.

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